Case Study

Co-Creation: Viewing Partnerships Through A New Lens

"Co-Creation," written by Patricia Bowie, is a case study about the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. The case study examines co-creation, an emerging systems change collaboration model which grew out of a funder-and-state partnership. This unique partnership led to the creation by executive order of a new and independent Office of Early Childhood, which was formally approved by the Connecticut State Legislature in 2013. The new case study is significant, as there is much written about funder partnerships and collaboration success stories, but little discussion on different kinds of collaborative ventures and the lessons learned by philanthropy.

Learning Together: Actionable Approaches for Grantmakers

This publication takes an in-depth look at what it means to open our learning and evaluation practices to grantees, other funders, community members, government agencies and others involved in the work. It addresses some of the big questions that grantmakers face in designing success shared learning approaches and shares five case studies of how GEO members are putting these ideas into practice.

Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together

This guide from Grantcraft looks at how funders approach building capacity with grantees. Through examples from foundations ranging in size, mission, and geography, we explore various strategies for capacity building and the types of awareness that funders can choose to incorporate in decision making to facilitate informed, thoughtful judgments about strengthening organizations.

Ramping Up

Exponent Philanthropy in the 2014 Issue 1 Essentials reviews the Case Study: The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, as they "Ramp Up," or significantly increase their charitable giving and activities. Included are 5 Tips for Ramping Up.